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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2006.08.16 Fathoming the female brain

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

I suppose I’m just too dense to really understand it. My brain doesn’t work that way.

I’m talking about the differences in the male and the female brain. Very stark differences. Totally different approaches to life.

Neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine says that the sooner men and women accept and appreciate the neurological differences, the better we’ll all get along. No kidding. Reading through her findings makes you wonder how most couples have managed to stay together as long as they have.

Despite the gains that women have made over the past 50 years, Brizendine says, the human brain is still wired for basic necessities, as in Stone Age needs. The male and female brains are built a little differently, the chemical composition is not the same. It’s there from the start; boy and girl babies come packaged differently.

“Their brains are different by the time they’re born and their brains are what drive their impulses, values and their very reality,” Brizendine says.

As she puts it, women have an eight-lane highway for processing emotion while men have a small country road. To translate this into practical experience—

She: What’s wrong?

He: Nothing.

Or maybe something like—

She: How can you not see that I’m upset?

He: You don’t seem any different to me.

It’s not that men’s brains are incapable of heavy-duty thinking. Back to Brizendine. Men’s brains are like O’Hare Airport as a hub for processing thoughts about sex. For women, it’s more like that little grass-covered runway that used to be out on the west side of town.

Brizendine isn’t a man-basher—instead she celebrates the differences in the sexes—although some people might take her wrong when she says something like this: “The typical male brain reaction to an emotion is to avoid it at all costs.”

I take no offense. It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite cartoons that I clipped from a magazine.

She: (looking exasperated)

He: Couldn’t we talk about this after we’re dead?

Here’s a sampling of Brizendine’s findings:

• Thoughts about sex enter women’s brains once every couple of days; for men, thoughts about sex occur every minute.

• Women use about 20,000 words a day; men use 7,000.

• Women remember fights that a man insists never happened.

• Women over 50 are more likely to initiate divorce.

• Women excel at knowing what people are feeling; men have difficulty spotting an emotion unless someone cries or threatens bodily harm.

Bodily harm? Listen to this tale of oxytocin, one of those brain chemicals that affect women.

Brizendine has done a lot of research on her own, but she examined more than a thousand studies from various fields to write her book, “The Female Brain.” From all of this she explains so many behaviors, such as why teenage girls love to talk on the phone or—to be more up to date—swap text messages.

“Connecting through talking activates the pleasure centers in a girl’s brain,” Brizendine writes. “We’re not talking about a small amount of pleasure. This is huge.”

Rushes of dopamine and oxytocin through the brain.

And speaking of oxytocin, Brizendine says that the female brain naturally releases the substance after a 20-second hug. The embrace bonds the huggers and triggers the brain’s trust circuits. She advises women that they shouldn’t allow a guy to hug them unless they trust him. And if they trust him, make sure it lasts 20 seconds.

I tried to explain that concept to my wife yesterday. After about 20 seconds, she said, “And now what, a fist comes rising up?” as she lifted hers, expecting that self-defense was in order.

I think a little more research is needed. Brizendine never wrote anything about the female fist.

   – Aug. 16, 2006

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